Whether your junk drawer is getting out of control or you’re looking to achieve KonMari-level neatness in your sock drawer, professional organizers agree that drawer organizers and dividers are essential for controlling clutter. According to Jamie Hord, founder of Horderly Professional Organizing, “Drawer organizers help create containment and give everything a proper home,” and Nicole Abramovici of Genius Organizing likes that they “allow you to refine a category even further in one easily viewed space,” like separating specific types of office supplies in a desk drawer.
Before you buy any divider, though, measure the dimensions of your drawer to ensure you get one that fits the space and also accommodates the items you’re looking to organize. As Hord says, “Be strategic when it comes to the proper measurements,” and take into account any odd-shaped items like kitchen utensils or bulky sweaters. Once you’ve got your measurements down, read on for a selection of drawer organizers recommended by six professional organizers.
Best dresser-drawer organizers
Four organizers we spoke with raved about these adjustable dresser-drawer dividers. Natalie Schrier, founder of Cut the Clutter, says the spring-loaded dividers “provide an exact fit for the entire depth of the drawer, leaving no space wasted, and they stay put.” Hord likes that they “can transform a dresser in an instant … by creating specific categories for all of your folded clothes.” Corinne Morahan, founder of Grid + Glam, says, “It’s a way to give yourself more drawers,” as a drawer that was once just for underwear, for example, now has sections for bras, shapewear, and socks. That was the case for Abramovici, who says, “I put these in my underwear drawer 13 years ago, and it has been immaculate ever since!” Dream Drawer also makes a kitchen organizer that experts love.
Lisa Ruff, director of business development at Neat Method, prefers linen organizers, especially for delicates like underwear, since “you don’t have to worry about materials snagging” on wood or plastic. Cait Gury, associate director of interior design and visual content of Common co-living homes, is also a fan of these linen boxes that come in different shapes and sizes. “They eliminate the digging that often accompanied my sock and bra hunt, a search that was adding unnecessary stress to my morning routine,” she says, “and, in truth, they just make me feel a little fancy.”
Best kitchen-drawer organizers
This expandable organizer, a favorite of Morahan, has space for basic utensils as well as larger kitchen gadgets like rolling pins, spatulas, or whisks. Besides being versatile, Morahan likes that the bamboo matches the interior of most kitchen drawers. “They really blend in seamlessly,” she says, “so they almost look like they’re built-in.” Ruff also likes to use bamboo in the kitchen “because it’s a natural material that looks nice and wears well.”
On the other hand, Jeni Aron, founder of Clutter Cowgirl, makes the case for a plastic kitchen-drawer organizer that’s “washable, wipeable, and with a grip for silverware.” She likes that this one expands nearly a foot in width so it takes “full advantage of your drawer space without having to buy several small containers.”
Multiple organizers mentioned the acrylic dividers (which come in tons of sizes) from InterDesign, but Gury is especially fond of their expandable cutlery organizer. She says it’s “perfect,” because it’s “easy to clean, expands to your needs, and creates a place for all [your] miscellaneous kitchen utensils.”
Best bathroom-drawer organizers
For corraling skincare, beauty, and other bathroom products, organizers gravitate toward acrylic options, since, as Gury explains, they “wipe clean, dry fast, and allow you to tell easily when they’re in need of a wash.” She likes this cosmetics stand from Muji that’s “simple, easy to arrange, and provides a spot for everything you need.”
Hord agrees that “acrylic looks great in the bathroom,” and she says that “when space is limited, stacking organizers can come in handy.” She recommends these, which stack up neatly while still keeping all of your items visible.
Another acrylic option, this set of trays chosen by Ruff, can be used stacked or on their own in your bathroom drawers. She says these look great in desk or junk drawers as well, because “the transparent material visually falls away to help tone done the business of those drawers.”
Best desk-drawer organizers
With partitions for everything from paper clips to scissors, and with a compartment perfectly sized for a roll of tape, this two-tier organizer is Schrier’s pick for “storing everyday office supplies.” The top tray can also be removed and used separately.
Hord loves these “sleek drawer organizers,” which are available in mix-and-match sizes and colors. “Sometimes desk drawers can be very slim, and [Poppin’s] slim tray can be a great solution for this,” she says.
Best junk-drawer organizers
Gury says these plastic organizers are “semi-transparent, creating accountability — nothing to hide here — and stackable for additional storage space,” making them a great fit for a junk drawer that’s becoming an organizational nightmare. The “starter kit” comes with four mini-trays that you can configure to fit your needs.
From the same line of acrylic organizers as Gury’s favorite cutlery tray, this shallow, junk-drawer-size organizer comes recommended by Hord. She likes that the InterDesign trays “come with little grips on the bottom so they don’t slip around in a drawer. They also come in many different sizes so that you can play around to maximize your drawer completely.”
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